A Holiday Affair in the Making (Part 3): Themed Tables

Often – as can be seen in the examples of yesterday’s blog – the formality level of a table, along with its style, can be established through its centerpiece. Once that decision has been made, then it’s time to move on to the place settings. There are sooooo many different options that it would be difficult to even partially represent them all.

First, you must determine if you want to serve your Thanksgiving feast from Thanksgiving themed dishes, or non-themed dishes. Most people choose a more versatile china that can be used for multiple holiday celebrations. I prefer to mix up my china from year-to-year, using something different to serve my meal each season. However, there are also opportunities to score Thanksgiving china, specifically geared toward this holiday.

Below is an example of Churchill Thanksgiving Turkey China that can be purchased in a 47-piece set (Service for 8). Although it was listed as “currently unavailable” at Amazon, it can probably be found elsewhere online. And, of course, never forget about E-bay, where a multitude of fabulous finds can usually be found at highly attractive prices! (Also, as a sidenote, if you ever break a piece of discontinued china that you just can’t seem to find anywhere else, E-bay is definitely a worthwhile resource for locating a replacement!)

Here is another Churchill Thanksgiving pattern – in a more colorful option – called Queen’s Myott. The platter below can purchased for $19.49 on Amazon.

Spode is always a good place to find “woodsy” looking china, and in this case (below), the Rectangular Woodland Turkey Platter can be purchased at a steal of a deal on Amazon for $79.99, plus free shipping! And of course, the entire set of matching dishes is available, including dinner plates, salad plates, bowls, mugs, and other serving pieces.

Here is another Spode pattern called Festival Thanksgiving Turkey. The 10-inch pasta bowl, pictured below, can be purchased for $12.75.

Johnson Brothers produces a china pattern called His Majesty that can be purchased in a 20-piece set on Gift Collector for a special price of only $99.99. It includes service for four, with place settings of dinner plates, salad plates, bowls, and cups & saucers.

You may also decide to add some Thanksgiving flair to your table by incorporating some fall-themed table linens.

This Sam Hedaya table cloth, called Sterling Forest, is available at Macy’s.

Here is another pattern by the same company called Maple Leaf.

Other ways to add some “theme” to your table is to incorporate Thanksgiving place cards and napkin embellishments, such as these examples found on Martha Stewart.

This choice adds an extra touch of elegance to the table.

Rustic and simple

The feather represents the first Thanksgiving.

This place card is so easy to make from the findings in your own backyard!

A cute option for a more casual appeal.

Easy to construct on your own.

NOW, GO HAVE AN “It’s So Fabulous!” DAY!


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